Tourism on Texel really took off in the sixties. De Koog, in particular, was known as a ‘seaside resort’. The area around De Cocksdorp needed an economic boost.
In 1969, a group of enterprising Texel people, ranging from the local GP to a farmer, from the north of the island founded De Krim. They recognised the importance of tourism for the north of Texel and the need to control this industry. The shareholders raised start-up capital and set up a campsite. The campsite was run by one permanent employee, with the help of others. For instance, the GP would repair the water pipes and the building contractor would keep the young people in line. Together, they worked on developing the operation. In the eighties, De Krim bought extra land and the campsite was extended with bungalows and facilities.